Preventing child maltreatment in Italy. Possible paths

Author/s Elena Garbelli
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/1 Language Italian
Pages 8 P. 65-72 File size 168 KB
DOI 10.3280/MAL2023-001005
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In Italy more than 77,000 children and adolescents are taken into care by social services because they are victims of some form of ill-treatment. In particular, the pathology of care (neglect, negligence, and hyper-care) followed by witnessing violence, turn out to be the first form of maltreatment in the country. Although more and more people are aware of its prevalence, child maltreatment remains a hidden, unreported and underestimated phenomenon. CESVI, which has always been committed to fighting violence against children and adolescents through child protection projects, has been intervening in Italy since 2017 by activating a multi-regional programme aimed at preventing child maltreatment.

Keywords: child maltreatment, child protection, early detection, prevention, assisted resilience.

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Elena Garbelli, Prevenire il maltrattamento infantile in Italia. Percorsi possibili in "MALTRATTAMENTO E ABUSO ALL’INFANZIA" 1/2023, pp 65-72, DOI: 10.3280/MAL2023-001005